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Matthew Ridge

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Rugby and league international, car wash entrepreneur and celebrity Matthew Ridge became – alongside fellow sportsman Marc Ellis – one of the twin onscreen towers of 90s and 2000s lad culture in New Zealand. The larrikin pair went adventuring in Aotearoa and overseas (Fresh Up In the Deep End, a run of Matthew and Marc’s Rocky Road series) and were panel captains on sports quiz show Game of Two Halves. Solo, Ridge was chosen to host the original version of high profile game show The Chair. He has also been a regular participant in a run of celebrity reality shows (Treasure Island, Top of the Class).

We wanted to create a programme that would unite Matthew Ridge and Marc Ellis again and allow them to continue the good-humoured competitive rivalry they've built up... Producer Julie Christie on show Game of Two Halves, The NZ Herald, 2000